In this article John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, describes the true cause of homelessness. He says homelessness is caused not by poverty but by isolation caused by “the break down of society”. Isolated individuals are left to face the ravages of material existence without the natural social and physical shelter of community.
With our fervent concern to implement a land tax heightened by apparent progress, and amid our calls for building more good homes to end the housing crisis and homelessness, it is easy to think of social problems in merely technical, economic terms. But John Bird reminds us the natural unit of man is the community, not the individual. And, after all, without a community that cares, who will implement a land tax?
Read Land&Liberty’s 2001 interview with straight-talking John Bird below, or download the whole issue here.